Live Burn Training

F.I.R.E. is proud to offer live burn training with a team of instructors who are some of the most experienced and qualified in the state of Minnesota. We have trained firefighters in many types of structures including single and multiple family homes, stores, educational, apartment buildings, restaurants and commercial buildings, etc.

Our goal is to provide a safe and realistic training experience tailored to the needs of the department. The basics are observed and learned at Level One with a one room contents fire which is controlled by the student team. Level Two provides the opportunity for firefighters to size up the situation and to practice, or experiment with, various tactics. Level Three challenges the entire system including command & control, water supply, fire attack, ventilation, etc.

West Metro Fire District Live Burn
Final burndown - West Metro Fire Protection District

Permits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Resources must be obtained prior to the Structural Live Burn training. As a part of these requirements, an evaluation must be made by a licensed asbestos inspector to test for hazardous materials which may be a part of the structure. F.I.R.E. Inc. has a licensed inspector and would be glad to provide this service and assistance in the permitting processes for structures where we provide the training.

General Live Burn Information

Level I – Training
This level consists of the students kneeling down and watching the start of a fire and its growth. The students will view the first stage incipient fire and its growth to a second stage fire where the flames will start to spread across the ceiling area. The students, one by one, will make an attack on the fire. The final student will perform ventilation and overhaul the fire (students may be rotated on the nozzle at this time). This level of firefighting will all be done within the confines of one room.

Level II - Large Fire Tactics
The members of this team shall attack a fire which has extended beyond one room.

Level III - Operations Evaluations
An exercise designed to simulate as close as possible a normal response to an involved structure.

General Information

Anticipated Heat  (Regardless of level of live burn training). We use Class A materials (straw, cardboard, wood pallets, ordinary combustibles. You can expect temperatures of 1300 degrees Fahrenheit at the ceiling – entire crew stays low. If you stand up, you may be placing your head into temperatures over 500 degrees Fahrenheit so crawl. Limit steam production by controlling nozzle pattern and amount of water used.

FULL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING must be worn including SCBA.

Attack Team

Back Up Team

Methods of Attacking a Fire 

Hose Line and Nozzle Operations

Prior to entering a structure, ensure you have adequate volume to handle the fire. Check the flow for both volume (correct gpm) and pressure. Flow for at least five seconds. Remember which way to turn the nozzle for wide fog and straight stream (Left for (L)ife, WIDE FOG and Right for (R)each, STRAIGHT STREAM).    

Hoseline Handling



Building and site information

Final Burn-down
Burn-down is the responsibility of the local department and is under their control. Protect exposures by: water spray on exposures, controlling the intensity of the fire (especially for fire brands), and water spray on trees.

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